Zero One Hundred - on this day.

June 12th, 1917

Submarine Scout Zero 3

Built at Folkestone. Trials June 12th, 1917. To Pulham 12th December 1917 taking part in single wire mooring system using a winch truck. (below)

June 4th, 1917

Submarine Scout Zero 2

 Built at Folkestone. Trials 4th June 1917. Whilst escorting transports to Boulogne, developed engine trouble and drifted across the funnels of the escorting destroyers, bursting into flames. Deleted Folkestone 14 August 1917, lost at sea.


April 5th, 1917 

Submarine Scout Zero (0)


The SSZ which had been built and first flown as an unmarked prototype was numbered SSZ1 and sent to the Peterborough factory of Messrs Sage & Co. on the 5th April 2017.
 It was used as a pattern for the company to mass produce subsequent SSZ control cars.

The prototype Zero, marked as SSZ1 preparing for trials at Folkestone, 2nd August 1916 (Ces Mowthrope Collection) 



The 'Sage' works alongside the Peterborough rail-head.Only the water tower was preserved when the site was demolished in 2010, above and the company 'badge' showing its global reach and aviation products, below (Public domain)


 Sage and Company were shop fitters and furniture manufacturers who turned to the production of airship control cars and seaplanes for the Admiralty during the First World War.



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